Lillian Alling: The Journey Home (Extraordinary Women (Caitlin Press))

Lillian Alling: The Journey Home (Extraordinary Women (Caitlin Press))

Susan Smith-Josephy

In 1926, Lillian Alling, a eu immigrant, set out on a trip domestic from big apple. She had little funds and no transportation, yet lots of decision. within the 3 years that undefined, Alling walked the entire option to Dawson urban, Yukon, crossing the North American continent strolling. She walked around the Canadian panorama, weathering the baking solar and freezing wintry weather, crossed the rugged Rocky Mountains and hiked the untested wasteland of British Columbia and the Yukon. ultimately, on a make-shift raft, she sailed on my own down the Yukon River from Dawson urban all of the option to the Bering Sea.

Lillian Alling is a legend. She has been the topic of novels, performs, epic poems, an opera and extra tall stories than should be remembered. Her lifestyles has been subjected to hypothesis, fiction and exaggeration. yet as mythical as she should be, the real tale of Lillian Alling hasn't ever been instructed. "The secret Woman," as she got here to be recognized, is as fascinating to us now as she used to be to these she met on her trek. Lillian's identify lives on within the folks stories of British Columbia, the Yukon and Alaska, yet her existence best as much as her trip and what waited for her at domestic in japanese Europe nonetheless is still a shadowy mystery.

Lillian Alling: the adventure Home is a set of non-public files, first-hand reminiscences, kinfolk stories and archival learn that supply tantalizing new clues to Lillian's tale. Smith-Josephy locations Lillian firmly within the context of heritage and one of the solid of specific and vibrant characters she met alongside her trip.

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